Call for Nominations: CASDW Award for Best Article (2018)

The CASDW Annual Award for the Best Article or Chapter in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes the best journal article or book chapter published during the 2018 calendar year by a CASDW member. Co-authored articles or chapters will be eligible as long as one of the authors is a CASDW member.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2019. The winner of the award will be announced at the CASDW Annual Conference.  Authors are invited to nominate their own publications as well as those of other CASDW members. In order to be eligible, nominees must have been CASDW members in both 2018 and 2019.

The assessment criteria for the award are as follows: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the article; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year CASDW membership for the following year.

Applicant/nominees should send a PDF of the journal article or book chapter, as well as a complete reference, to the committee listed below:

James Corcoran 

Stephanie White

Sara Doody

Call for Nominations: CASDW Award for Best Dissertation (2018)

The Joan Pavelich CASDW Annual Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes an outstanding PhD dissertation in Writing Studies, Discourse Studies, Rhetoric, or a cognate field for 2018. The award will be given to a student in a Canadian university or to a Canadian student studying outside Canada. To be eligible, dissertations must have been defended between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. An announcement of the winning dissertation will be made at the CASDW Annual Conference. Nominees do not need to be CASDW members, and self-nominations are accepted.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year free CASDW membership for the following year.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2019. The assessment criteria for the award are as follows: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the thesis; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

Applicants/nominators should send the following items to each member of the selection committee listed below: a PDF file containing the dissertation (or a link to an online repository), a CV, and a cover sheet with the applicant’s full name, citizenship, institution and degree program, and contact information for their primary supervisor.

Stephanie Bell

Shurli Makmillen

Michelle Riedlinger

Job Opportunity: Contractually-limited Term Appointment in Writing Instruction, U of T

The Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites
applications for a two-year contractually-limited term appointment in the area of writing
instruction. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and will commence on July 1, 2019, ending June 30, 2021. The successful candidate will participate in the administration and assist in the expansion of an innovative and well-established faculty-wide writing-in-the-disciplines initiative, Writing-Integrated Teaching (WIT). WIT works collaboratively with faculty and teaching assistants (TAs) from units across Arts & Science to integrate writing instruction into disciplinary courses through effective assignment design and writing-to-learn activities. The successful candidate will report to the Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work with the WIT Director on undergraduate writing and related teaching initiatives
  • Collaborate with a growing team of writing specialists to support reading, writing, and language instruction across the Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Engage in faculty and TA development related to writing and language instruction
  • Work with the WIT Director to collect and analyze data about undergraduate writing and related teaching initiatives
  • Develop and disseminate curricular and pedagogical resources for faculty, TAs, and
  • Be expected to teach undergraduate courses (including in the First-Year Foundations Program)

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in an Arts & Science-related discipline with experience teaching writing by the time of appointment. Candidates must also possess:

  • Experience and demonstrated excellence designing and teaching writing or writing-intensive courses as an instructor at the post-secondary level
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a collaborative setting with faculty, TAs, and students from different disciplines with tact, flexibility, and efficiency
  • Excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related
    scholarly activity
  • A publication record in writing studies/composition and/or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Experience teaching diverse and multilingual students
  • Experience and/or familiarity with different institutional models for teaching writing
  • Knowledge of current scholarship including research methods in writing
    studies/composition and an understanding of the principles of writing in the
    disciplines/writing across the curriculum
  • The ability to design, adapt, organize, archive, and disseminate instructional and
    curricular materials for a range of teaching contexts, including online delivery
  • Familiarity with the roles and functions of teaching assistants in large classes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to facilitate interactive workshops

Evidence of experience and excellence in teaching academic writing in a university or postsecondary setting, as well as pedagogical development, is essential and can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments (e.g., awards, recognition, curriculum development, pedagogical presentations and publications), strong letters of reference, and the teaching dossier (which should include a teaching statement, sample syllabi and course materials, and teaching evaluations), submitted as part of the application.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should submit a complete and current curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier (which should include a teaching statement that highlights teaching approaches and experiences relevant to the position, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi and other relevant materials related to the teaching of writing). All application materials must be submitted online by the closing date. Submission guidelines can be found here. The application deadline is March 27, 2019.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Pam Gravestock, Director of Teaching Support & Faculty Development.

Applicants should also ask at least three referees to send letters (on letterhead and signed), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, directly to Pamela Klassen, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate & International [c/o Pam Gravestock]. The subject line of the email should read: “WIT CLTA Reference for” followed by the candidate’s surname. Reference letters must be received by March 27, 2019.

Deadline Extended: CASDW/ACR Conference Proposals now due February 11

CALL FOR PAPERS (Bilingual PDF Version)

Eleventh Annual CASDW/ACR Conference

Circles of Writing Studies

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

June 1 – 3, 2019

Plenary: Andrea Lunsford, “What’s Talk Got to Do with It: Rethinking the Writing/Speaking Relationship”

Closing Plenary: Anthony Paré, “Circles of Influence: A Tribute to Some Thoughts and Thinkers”

We invite papers on all aspects of writing studies for the eleventh annual conference of CASDW/ACR, the largest gathering of writing studies scholars in Canada.  In particular, we invite papers connecting with the Congress 2019 theme, Circles of Conversation, and our theme, Circles of Writing StudiesThe Congress theme opens space for “dialogue, debate, dissent,” so “people can speak with one another, listen, and learn together.” To this end, our conference focuses on core circles within which our field operates, within which we operate, continuing conversations about writers and writing happening amongst organizations dedicated to the study, teaching, and learning of writing.

Circles of Research

We invite papers, panels, and workshops that draw on work in writing studies, genre studies, rhetorical theory, writing centre theory and practice, and professional and technical writing research and practice. We welcome presentations, papers, and workshops that connect with CASDW’s heritage as a place for sharing research on technical and professional writing as well as those that examine all contexts of discourse and writing, including the relationship between writing and speaking, and pedagogical practices and innovations related to writing and discourse.

Crop Circles

We invite papers, panels, and workshops that focus on the visibility, partial visibility, and invisibility of writing studies through discussion of models at the institutional and course level. Vantage College at UBC will chair this session and present their model and physical space.


We invite proposals for very brief reports on recent research, new pedagogical initiatives, work-in-progress, follow-ups on papers presented in past conferences, and just about anything else that would be of interest to our members. Presentations in these sessions will be strictly limited to 5 minutes and 5 slides. These sessions should provide a quick overview of the current state of research in our field and help to connect members with colleagues with interests in common.


Congress 2019 Planner’s Guide

Partridge, E. (1958). Origins: A short etymological dictionary of modern English. New York: Macmillan Co.

Extended Deadline:  February 11, 2019

For more information about CASDW/ACR and to join the association or renew your membership, please visit our How to Join page. More information about the Congress 2019 can be found here.

CASDW 2019 Proposal Requirements

NOTE: Please submit your proposal as a .docx file and use your title (avoid using punctuation) to name your file, e.g., “AnExaminationofWritingPeerMentorsinaBiologyCourse”

  1. Title and a short (75-word) description for the program
  2. Keywords, e.g., rhetorical genre studies (to help identify reviewers with appropriate expertise)
  3. Name, title, institutional affiliation, & email for ALL presenters
  4. Session format


INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION: 15- to 20-minute individual paper presenting the results of new research or focusing on a pedagogical issue or innovation.

PANEL PRESENTATION: 90-min panel (3-5 speakers) comprising a collection of individual papers on a shared topic of interest related to discourse or the teaching of writing.

WORKSHOP: 90-min workshop (run by any number of facilitators) focusing on a particular question, issue, or problem.

Abstract for the proposed presentation (400 words maximum, plus references)

For individual papers and panels, please

  1. describe the research question or pedagogical issue or innovation;
  2. establish its significance;
  3. outline the theoretical framework and research method;
  4. highlight key findings (and, optionally, implications);
  5. include a brief reference list.

For workshops, please

  1. describe the facilitator(s), their role(s), and relevant expertise;
  2. state the question, issue, or problem;
  3. establish its significance;
  4. outline the objectives and framework, including activities in which participants will engage.


Abstract for the proposed 5 x 5 presentation (100 words maximum)

  1. include list of slides and bibliography

Extended Deadline:  February 11, 2019

Please email proposals and inquiries to the program chair, Dana Landry.

All proposals will be subject to blind review. Proposers will be notified of their acceptance status by February 28, 2019 and must register for the conference by March 1, 2019.

Job Opportunity: Tenure-Track Instructor, Rhetoric and Communications, UBC Okanagan

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus invites applications for a tenure-track position in Rhetoric and Communications at the rank of Instructor (Educational Leadership Stream). Preference will be given to those with expertise in multilingual literacy and language acquisition. Expertise in Indigenous inclusive pedagogy and/or teaching experience in related fields such as WID (Writing in the Disciplines) or EAL (English as an Additional Language) would be an asset. The successful candidate will be a member of the English Program in the newly formed Department of English and Cultural Studies. The starting date is July 1, 2019.

The responsibilities of this position will include intensive undergraduate teaching and the development of introductory courses in writing and communications as well as collaborative curriculum development in the areas of writing and multilingual communications. The successful candidate will also develop curriculum in Rhetoric and Communications at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels. Service responsibilities will be commensurate with rank and will contribute to the development of writing and communications studies.

Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. (or equivalent) in English or a closely related field and provide evidence of the following: expertise in teaching and successful curriculum development; teaching awards and/or other marks of distinction in instruction; and presentations or publications related to the pedagogy of composition and writing instruction, particularly in the multilingual classroom.

This position will be dedicated to teaching first- and second-year courses in the English program and to curriculum development. As UBC’s Okanagan campus implements a redesigned Bachelor of Arts degree, and as the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies collaborates on curriculum and programming with other Faculties, we are looking for a candidate to take a leading role in the development of learning opportunities in writing, communications, and rhetoric.

This is a tenure track position in the Educational Leadership stream. Promotion and tenure for this stream requires evidence of excellence in teaching, demonstrated educational leadership, and involvement in curriculum development and innovation.

How to apply:

To apply for this position please visit the link:

Application material must include the following:

  • a letter of application, a curriculum vitae,
  • a statement of teaching philosophy,
  • evidence of relevant teaching experience and teaching effectiveness,
  • samples of scholarship in the areas of rhetoric and communication and/or teaching and learning.

Candidates must also arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to Dr. Michael Treschow, Head, Department of English and Cultural Studies at, with the phrase “Rhetoric and Communication” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed starting February 28, 2019.